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Name: L-3 COMMUNICATIONS
7JetSet7 Code: ESM
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: GREENVILLE
Country: USA
Employees 45000
Web:
Email: moormr@isl-3com.com
Telephone: +1 (903) 457-7437
Fax: +1 (903) 457-1232
Sita:
Background
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ESM-2014-09 - UPDATE
ESM-NEWS
ESM-VISIT HYDERABAD - 2013-06

PRIVATE CORPORATE, JET AIRPLANE OPERATOR. A K A RAYTHEON E-SYSTEMS.

SEPTEMBER 1999: HANSEL TOOKES, PRESIDENT & (COO) RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY (RAY).

JANUARY 2001: 4TH QUARTER = +$190 MILLIOM (+$74 MILLION). 1 757-23A (25494) EX-AVIANCA (AVI), (AWW) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2002: 1 757-22L (29304), EX-STARFLITE INTERNATIONAL (ZKX).

MARCH 2002: RAYTHEON SYSTEMS (RAY) SELLS ITS AIRCRAFT INTEGRATION SYSTEMS, TEXAS, FOR $1.13 BILLION CASH, AND UNIT WAS RENAMED "(L-3) COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATED SYSTEMS (ESM)."

January 2003: Goodrich Corporation (BFG) to sell its avionics business (Goodrich Aviation Systems) to (L-3) Communications (ESM) for $188 million cash.

May 2003: (L-3) Communications (ESM) 1st Quarter = +$49.7 million (+$4.9 million).

July 2003: (L-3) Communications (ESM) has acquired substantially all the assets of Flight Systems Engineering and will integrate its product lines into those of (L-3) Communications (ESM)'s Aviation Recorders Division.

June 2004: (ACSS), an (L-3) Communications (ESM) and Thales (THL) company, named Knis Ganase President.

(ACSS) earned another 5 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)'s for (T2CAS), its combined traffic & terrain avoidance system. The (STC)'s enable the new product to be used in revenue service at AeroMexico (AMX) for 7 757's & 5 767's, Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) for 4 757's, European Air Transport (EPT) for 35 757's, and Virgin Express (EBA) for 9 737's.

(L-3) Communications (ESM) acquires (CMC) Electronics' Cincinnati electronics business unit for $172 million in cash.

Kris Ganase President Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems, Phoenix succeeds Joe Hoffman, now Group VP Strategic Planning for (L-3) Avionics Products.

July 2004: Department of Homeland Security awards a contract potentially worth $107.9 million to support its foreign visitor identification program, "USA-VISIT," to (L-3) Communications (ESM). The company will provide technical support for biometric workstations and information kiosks at USA entry points.

March 2005: (L-3) Communications (ESM) Security & Detection System named William Frain Senior VP. Allen Barber President. James Cataldo CFO. Steven Williams Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, based in the UK. Jay Payne VP Cargo. Robert Fleck VP Customer Service.

June 2007: (L-3) Communications (ESM) introduced a Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) for the regional, air transport and business markets. It will be offered through a collaborative effort by (L-3) Display Systems and L-Aviation Recorders.

July 2007: The USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced plans to begin testing advanced technology (AT) x-ray machines, including multiview and high definition x-rays, at airports "in the coming weeks." (L-3) Communications (ESM), Smiths Detection and Rapiscan Systems each will lease 7 (AT) x-ray machines to (TSA). Total value of the 3 contracts is $1.4 million, with options to purchase additional units.

November 2008: (L-3) Communications (ESM) assigned John McNellis, Head Integrated Systems Group. Robert Birmingham moved into his former position at (L-3) Link.

January 2009: (ACSS) said it was selected by (BER) "to launch a collaborative program to implement and certify its SafeRoute Merging & Spacing function in the European airspace." (ACSS) is a joint venture between (L-3) Communications (ESM) and Thales (THL). SafeRoute uses (ADS-B) to improve situational awareness and enhance an airplane's operating efficiency during takeoff, flight, approach, landing and taxi, according to (ACSS). The Merging & Spacing Function "makes flying more efficient by providing the pilot (FC) with speed cues that enable an airplane to reach its approach point with greater precision. It will also allow (BER) to fly Continuous Descent Arrival procedures."

February 2009: Thales (THL) and (ACSS), a (THC) and (L-3) Communications (ESM) joint venture, said Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) selected its (T3CAS) integrated surveillance platform for installation on 42 firm and eight optional A320s. Expected to lower ownership costs, enhance power efficiency and reduce wiring and weight, the technology combines a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, terrain awareness warning system and Mode S transponder. (ADS-B) capabilities include (ATSAW) with (ITP).

November 2009: AeroMechanical Services (AMS) and (L-3) Communications (ESM) reached an agreement under which (ESM) will sell (AMS)'s real-time data communications and Internet data delivery systems for airplanes. (AMS) will be the exclusive provider to (ESM) of Iridium satellite-based real-time data communications and Internet data delivery technology under the brand name "FLYHT."

December 2010: (ACSS) said that its (T3CAS) Traffic Management Computer was certified by Airbus (EDS) for the A320 family. The unit includes (TCAS) incorporating Change 7.1 software, (TAWS) and (ADS-B) capability. The 1st installations of (T3CAS) start this month on A320 family airplanes to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. (ACSS) is owned by (L-3) Communications (ESM) and Thales (THL).

April 2012: (L-3) Communications (ESM) is buying the civil aircraft simulation and training business of UK-based Thales (THL) Training & Simulation (TTS). The deal will see (L-3) (ESM)’s military simulation unit, Link, expand into the airline market.

(ESM) said it will buy (TTS)’ Civil Aircraft Simulation & Training business assets for £83 million/$132 million cash and integrate it into its Arlington, Texas-based Link unit.

(ESM) said it expects to close the transaction this summer subject to regulatory approvals. “For the 12 months ending December 31, 2012, the new civil aircraft training and simulation business is expected to generate sales of approximately $150 million. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to (ESM)’s results of operations,” (ESM) said.

The (TTS) unit is based near Gatwick Airport, south of London and has its roots in the former British company Redifon, which later became Redifusion Simulation. From 1988 until 1994, it was owned by Hughes Aircraft, which then also owned what is now (L-3) Link, and was called Hughes Redifusion Simulation. In 1994, Thomson-(CSF) bought Hughes Redifusion, changing its name to Thales Training & Simulation when the French company underwent a brand change.

(TTS) employs about 400 people and has an installed base of >540 simulators as well as a joint venture training center in Bangkok.

Link makes simulators for a wide variety of military airplanes, including the F-22, F/A-18 and F-16 jets and AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

“With this acquisition, (ESM) will strengthen its existing military training and simulation business by adding full flight simulator capability and expanding into the civil simulation market. The business, when combined with our existing military training and simulation business, will enable (ESM) to offer a full range of total training system solutions to military and commercial customers,” said Michael Strianese, (ESM) Chairman President & (CEO).

Thales (THL) Training and Simulation was formed by the purchase of Redifusion Simulation and what used to be Singer-Link-Miles. Link-Miles was a subsidiary of Singer-Link (Binghamptom, New York) and was bought by Thomson-(CSF) following the break-up of Singer after its' purchase by a corporate raider. Singer-Link was bought by (CAE) (Montreal) and eventually became (L-3) Link. With Link's purchase of Thales (THL) Simulation's Civil Division, it would appear that the wheel has gone full circle.

August 2012: (L-3) Communications (ESM) has completed the acquisition of Thales (THL) Training & Simulation’s civil airplane simulation and training business.

(ESM) paid £83 million/$130 million for the Crawley, UK-based business, which is now known as (L-3) Link Simulation & Training UK and becomes a part of (L-3) (ESM)’s existing Link Simulation & Training division.

The deal was 1st announced in April.

September 2012: (ACSS), an (L-3) Communications (ESM) and Thales (THL) joint venture company, said US Airways (AMW)/(USA) received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) on its A330 airplanes for (DO-260B) (TSO c166b) capability using (ACSS)’s (XS-950) Mode S Transponder. DO-260B is the highest level of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transmission (ADS-B Out). US Airways (AMW)/(USA) will equip 20 A330s as part of the (FAA)’s NextGen implementation program.

The (XS-950) in 2011 was certified to (DO-260B), which enables (ADS-B) transmission of more information about an airplane’s position, speed and intent.

“US Airways (AMW)/(USA) and our other airline partners understand and embrace the opportunities and savings NextGen provides for operators,” said Terry Flaishans General Manager of (ACSS). “Our investment in (ADS-B) avionics is helping airlines fly the most efficient routes to their destinations.”

“A lot of time and hard work has been invested by (ACSS), the (FAA) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) in reaching this milestone,” said Ron Thomas Managing Director (AMW)/(USA) Flight Technical Operations. “US Airways (AMW)/(USA) is proud to partner with these organizations to help demonstrate the benefits of (ADS-B Out), including the more precise position information it provides to enhance situational awareness and create a safer environment for all users.”

(L-3) Aviation Recorders signed an agreement with Airbus (EDS) to certify and provide the (FLYHT) Aerospace Solutions (AFIRS) 228S real-time data communications and (SATCOM) system for A320 family airplanes.

Interjet AAE) has selected the (ACSS) (TCAS) integrated surveillance system for 6 A320s. Phoenix-based, (ACSS) is a joint venture of Thales (THL) and (L-3) Communications (ESM).

Thales (THL) said its (TCAS) integrated surveillance platform features a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, terrain awareness warning system and a Mode S Transponder in a single line-replaceable unit (LRU).

“(TCAS) will deliver Interjet (AAE) the most advanced surveillance capability for its A320s,” said Scott Duffin Director Sales at Thales (THL). “Through its higher level of integration and technological advancement, (TCAS) delivers the full suite of surveillance functions with less weight and volume of federated systems, with reduced wiring and improved power efficiency.”

June 2013: (L-3) Aviation Products (AP) (ESM) has established a presence in India to provide technical support for its customers, engineering oversight for programs and expanded business development coverage. The local presence advances (L-3) (ESM)’s long-term business growth in the emerging Indian aerospace sector, as well as the region. (L-3) (AP) (ESM) officials announced their intent to go forward with this plan at the Aero India show in February 2013.

“(L-3) (AP) (ESM) is proud to offer our Indian customers superior quality, top-level service and ease of access to local support,” said Denise Millard, VP International Business Development for (L-3) (AP). “Through this initiative, we are continuing to broaden our reach in meeting the growing needs of aerospace customers in the region. We are staffed with highly trained systems engineering and product support professionals, who are directly engaged with our local partners and customers.”

(L-3) (AP) (ESM) has already implemented a variety of technical support, engineering, design, and manufacturing activities in India through local partnerships, and the company is poised to increase the level and value of its local content. Over the coming months, (L-3) plans to add more capability and continue to collaborate on the manufacture, delivery, and support of products in India for domestic and international aviation markets.

February 2015: (ACSS), an (L-3) (ESM) & Thales Company (THL), announced that Boeing (TBC) has certified its NXT-800 Mode S transponder for Boeing 767 airplanes. The (NXT-800) offers the most advanced level of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmission, which will be required to meet the approaching global mandates for (ADS-B) Out capability.

March 2015: When asked at the "(ATW) Annual Achievements Awards" what his biggest lesson learned, (L-3) Link (ESM) Managing Director Alan Crawford said "I’d say that change is constant. And that, as a company and as an individual, you have to continually adapt and try and keep ahead of technological changes, industry changes, and market changes in order to be successful.”

May 2015: (L-3) Communications (ESM) has acquired UK- headquartered crew specialist (CTC) Aviation Group, which will now be known as "(L-3) (CTC)", for £143 million/$220 million.

Announcing the cash acquisition on May 28, (ESM) Chairman, President and (CEO) Michael Strianese said (L-3) (CTC) will further-strengthen (ESM)’s commercial aviation training activities, particularly its Link Simulation & Training and Link UK businesses. “This addition will solidify (ESM)’s position as a global leader in commercial flight simulation and training,” he said.

This latest deal builds on (ESM)’s 2012 acquisition of Thales (THL)’s UK-based civil simulation and training business, Thales Training & Simulation (TTS).

Strianese added that (L-3) CTC) is “a high-margin business.” It is expected to deliver synergies and be “immediately accretive” to (esm)’s operating results, boosting group sales by +$50 million in the current calendar year. (L-3) (CTC), which employs around 265 staff, is forecasting $86 million in sales for 2015, growing to $95 million in 2016.

(L-3) (CTC) will be integrated into the Precision Engagement & Training sector, which is part of (ESM)’s Electronic Systems segment, but ((L-3) (CTC)) and ((L-3) Link UK) will retain their individual brands and continue as independent operational entities.

“This new partnership of world-class training devices and training delivery places ((L-3) Link UK) and ((L-3) (CTC)) in the unique position to provide customers with totally scaleable training solutions whatever their requirements,” ((L-3) Link UK) Managing Director, Alan Crawford said.

In February 2015, (ATW) presented ((L-3) Link Simulation & Training) with its Aviation Technology Achievement Award for the Reality Seven flexible full-flight simulator, a modular system that can be switched between airplane types.

New York City-headquartered (L-3) employs approximately 45,000 staff worldwide and generated $12.1 billion in sales in 2014.

August 2015: UK crew specialist, the (CTC) Aviation Group has announced a new 5-year Boeing 737-800W full-flight, modular simulator usage agreement with Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) to support (NWG)’s expanding training requirements up to 2020.

The simulator is based at (CTC) Aviation’s Crew Training Center at London Gatwick. Manufactured by (L-3) Link UK, the new simulator achieved Level-D certification with the (UKCAA) in July. Training will begin later this month, serving Norwegian (NWG)’s UK and Spanish based crews.

The 737-800W simulator (the highest specification Reality Seven model manufactured by (L-3) Link UK) joins a brand new Airbus A320 (L-3) Link simulator at the facility; bringing (CTC) Aviation’s full-flight simulator fleet total to 6.

In May, (L-3) Communications (ESM) acquired the (CTC) Aviation Group, which is now known as (L-3) (CTC) for £143 million/$220 million).

August 2016: (L-3) Communications (ESM) appointed Ann Davidson as Senior VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. Davidson succeeds Steven Post, who is retiring.

October 2016: News Item A-1: New York City-headquartered (L-3) Communications (ESM) has acquired commercial training provider Aerosim for an undisclosed sum.

The deal, which includes Minnesota-based Aerosim Technologies and Florida-based Aerosim Flight Academy, was completed September 30 and announced October 5.

Aerosim Academy trains cadet pilots (FC). (L-3) (ESM) said this business will boost its existing flight training operations in Phoenix, Arizona, the UK, Thailand, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, Aerosim Technologies provides pilot (FC) and maintenance technician (MT) training products, fitting well with (L-3)’s Reality Seven full-flight simulators and flat panel trainers.

“Following the acquisition, Aerosim will be integrated into the Commercial Training Solutions (L-3 CTS) division of the company’s Electronic Systems business segment and will be renamed (L-3) Aerosim-(CTC),” (L-3) said.

Aerosim is expected to generate $50 million in sales for the year ending December 31 and to be accretive to (L-3)’s earnings.

(L-3) (CTS) includes (L-3) Link UK, (L-3) (CTC) Aviation and now (L-3) Aerosim-(CTC).

News Item A-2: (L-3) Communications (ESM) entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire bankrupt Implant Sciences (explosives trace detection) for $117.5 million.

June 2017: L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) sees Maintenance Training as a potential area for expansion after working to consolidate and integrate its recent acquisitions.

“We are looking to grow our Maintenance Training capability; that is something we are looking to expand,” (L3 CTS) President Alan Crawford said during an interview during the Paris Air Show.

Fleet:
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November 2017:

1 707-355C (JT3D-3B HK) (582-19417, /67 N525EJ), EX-(EXJ)/(KWY).

1 727-212 (JT8D HK) (1504-21946, /79 N48054), EX-(SIA)/(CIC).

0 757-23A (611-25494), EX-(AVI), (AWW) LST 2000-12 (RAY).

1 757-22L (RB211-535E4) (870-29304, /99 N1019N), EX-(ZKX) 2002-02.

3 757-200.

Management:
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ESM-1-ALAN CRAWFORD - 2015-03.jpg

MICHAEL STRIANESE, L-3 COMMUNICATIONS (ESM) CHAIRMAN, & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ALAN CRAWFORD, L-3 LINK (ESM) PRESIDENT.

HANSEL TOOKES, PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY) (RAY) (1999-09).

KNIS GANASE, PRESIDENT (ACSS) (2004-06).

ALLEN BARBER, PRESIDENT SECURITY & DETECTION SYSTEM (2005-03).

WILLIAM FRANE, SENIOR VP (2005-03).

MS ANN DAVIDSON, SENIOR VP GENERAL COUNSEL & CORPORATE SECRETARY (2016-08).
Ann succeeded Steven Post, who retired.

JAMES CATALDO, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2005-03).

JAY PAYNE, VP CARGO (2005-03).

ROBERT FLECK, VP CUSTOMER SERVICE (2005-03).

MS DENISE MILLARD, VP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

JOHN MCNELLIS, HEAD INTEGRATED SYSTEMS GROUP (2008-11).

STEVEN WILLIAMS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA (UK OFFICE) (2005-03).

ARNOLD OLDACH, DIRECTOR PRODUCT MARKETING.

MIKE HOPPER, (DAS) MANAGER. (T: +1 (903) 457-7437)
(FAX: +1 (903) 457-1232).

JIM FRITZ, MANAGER AIRWORTHINESS (1999-03).

MIKE QUAN, MANAGER TRANSITION ENGINEERING.

HARRY OAKLEY, (FAA) QUALITY MANAGER.

MITCH MOORE, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (moormr@isl-3com.com).

JOHN VINCENT, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) ENGINEERING MANAGER
(John.C.Vincent@L-3Com.com) (vincentjc@isl-3com.com).

BILL CAMPBELL, QUALITY ENGINEER
(William.B.Campbeljr@L-3com.com).

 
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